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Do Optimists or Pessimists Manage Their Money Better?

When it comes to our ability to make healthy and sound financial choices, mindset matters. If you’re an optimist, you’re likely someone who focuses on growth and advancement. You anticipate the best possible outcomes and — according to some...

How – and Why – I Saved $1 Million

It was six weeks before my wedding, and I was preparing a spreadsheet that listed all my assets for the prenuptial agreement my fiancé and I had agreed to sign. (It was his second marriage and my first.)  I carefully listed each account: the two...

Anatomy of a Credit Report: What You Should Know

When you’re trying to build your credit — or just being vigilant about avoiding identity theft — it’s important to check your credit report regularly. Each of the three nationwide credit reporting agencies (Experian, Equifax and TransUnion) will...

6 Spending Strategies That Can Help You Save More

Philadelphia attorney Amy Gordon has a deceptively simple strategy for ensuring she won’t overspend. “If I don’t have dollars in my hand, I don’t buy it,” she says. Her cash-only approach is a very deliberate spending method she adopted five...

CPA, CFP or CFA? How to Find the Right Financial Pro

If you’re not a CPA, CFA, CFP or another of the myriad acronyms used to identify financial professionals, those extra letters after someone’s name can get confusing, quick. But when you’re looking for help with financial matters, it’s important...

I Had My Identity Stolen

How 5 Identity Theft Victims Rebuilt Their Credit -- and Their Lives

How I Paid Off $30,000 in Debt in 18 Months

By the time I was 26, my finances were a complete wreck. I was $30,000 in debt with no savings, but plenty of bad money habits.   How did I get into that position? For the most part, it was unconscious spending. The $29,500 I earned as an...

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